Mr Editor, I believe the problem we are having with this so called never ending diaspora struggle is that we have so many keyboard activists who are only good at misleading the Gambian people. Today I could not hold my breath when I saw the story you ran on freedom online. I cannot say how shocked I was when I read some of the point advanced by Mr. Mballow regarding Barrow’s credentials and bla bla bla!!!!!. I do not know this guy but I am not disrespecting him in anyway as well.

First of all, the Gambians voted for a regime change and in the process, we voted for a President. There was nowhere during the last elections wherein people had to go to the polls and vote for a Vice President as well. The incumbent President is mandated by law to appoint someone in that position. In addition, I am not sure if there is a provision in the 1997 constitution that mandates the President to urgently fill the position of Vice. President. I might be wrong too so I stand to be corrected.

Mr. Mballow clearly has issues to pick with Barrow based on all the things he wrote on that piece. He said and I quote “Tonight, I am going to make my views clear on Freedom Radio Gambia to Barrow and his government. If he fails to appoint a Vice President in the next ten days, I am going to organize a protest in New York”. Waw, this man has so much power but I feel those words are just an “idle threat”. I implore Mr. Mballow to book a ticket and fly to the Gambia and go confront the Barrow government about the Vice President issue. Organizing a protest against the Barrow government in New York will have no impact on anything I promise.

To crown it all, this same Mballow who is trying to tear Barrow apart, actually met him in February of this year and said very good things about him. On February 26th , 2017 Mr. Mballow met Barrow and this is what he said on facebook “Sunday, February 26th, I visited my brother Gambian president Adama Barrow and his family. We had a mutual, fruitful and generally good discussion. As always he is smart and down to earth”. 

For clarity purpose, this same Fatoumatta Tambajang that most keyboard activists attack day in day out about her age, was at the forefront of the protests back home in the Gambia when Solo Sandeng was arrested and subsequently murdered. Mrs. Tambajang in her age goes out and join other women to protest and no one realized how old she was. Today, all the 5th grade constitutional lawyers made by this struggle go online and say anything they want against her. I think we should wait for the Gambia government to go through the process of appointing a Vice President and leave Mrs. Tambajang alone. Whether she eventually becomes the country’s Vice President or not, she contributed more to the current changes in the Gambian than most people that attack her daily.

Written By: Ebou Ngum – Everett Washington.

Editors note: Mr. Ngum, you will notice that your piece has been edited. This was largely due to some of the unfounded and baseless statements that you deliberately attributed to Mr. Mballow without merit. Some of the edited statements you attributed to Mballow, weren’t Mballow’s statements per say. These were editorial commentaries and analysis of the Barrow presidency. You can only hold Mballow responsible for the said statements, provided that he was quoted as saying.  You seem to have misread the story. 

Mr. Mballow never inferred in that piece that Barrow perjured himself. The statement was never attributed to him. Please do yourself a favor and read the story again. How can you attribute statements that were never attributed to Mballow in the first place?  Why crucifying the wrong person here? 

Attribution means: For example, if Mballow was quoted by the Freedom Newspaper, as having said Barrow perjured himself; that Barrow was unqualified or clueless, then you can attribute the statement to him. There was nothing like that as erroneously inferred in your edited piece. 

Besides the intro, and the second paragraph of our write up, there was nowhere in that piece that Mballow was quoted or attributed to some of the statements you are erroneously trying to attribute to him.

Feel free to take up the issue with the Freedom Newspaper than blaming the wrong person here. 

Granted, we should have issued an editorial notation to avoid confusing like minded  readers like yourself.  Apologies for the editorial misjudgment. Thanks.  

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